All great products start at the source, see what materials we use when crafting our goods.
Wickett & Craig© Vegetable Tanned Leathers
We use english bridle and harness full grain and vegetable tanned leather on the majority of our products.
These two leather types are drum-dyed and hot stuffed to bring out the leather's natural grain.
The process for vegetable tanning hasn't changed much in the past 100 years and is much slower than chrome tanning, but the results are stunning.
Vegetable tanning takes about six weeks and uses natural ingredients such as tree bark.
Our leather comes from one of the oldest operating tanneries in the United States.
Using an exclusive blend of waxes, oils and tallows, we hot stuff these leathers to bring out their inherent beauty.
Through a traditional process called jack glazing, oils are brought to the surface to create a glossy finish that never masks the leather’s natural grain.
English Bridle Leather:
Labor-intensive and incredibly appealing, English Bridle is a traditional leather with a variety of uses.
Drum dyed and hot stuffed, English Bridle is smooth, flexible yet durable.
Beautiful crafted with a flawless, even surface.
Horween© Shell Cordovan
Shell Cordovan is the art of tanning at its finest. More than just a color, it is a very specific leather, from a particular part of a horsehide.
The irregular oval shaped shells are tanned, stuffed, shaved, and then polished – a process taking at least six months.
Each shell is slowly steeped in gentle vegetable liquors. The shells are genuine hot stuffed then slicked onto glass frames to dry.
Each shell is hand curried and shaved by highly skilled artisans to expose the shell. Dyes are hand rubbed on for a deep aniline finish.
Finally, the shells are hand glazed to achieve the rich, glossy look and feel prized by fine craftsmen.
Shell cordovan is produced by only a handful of tanneries in the world and our shell cordovan comes from Horween (USA) which has been tanning leather for over 100 years.
Because of the high-demand for genuine shell cordovan and the long time it takes to produce, this leather is usually 8-10x more per sq. foot than our traditional leathers.
What To Expect
Since we use vegetable tanned leathers, you can expect an initial stiff and tight fit.
Just like a pair of good boots, the leather will break-in, become softer, and gain a rich patina over time.
We keep it to a minimum, but some marks or scars may be present on the leather as we only use full grain leathers.
Due to the nature and variations in each hide of leather, the color may appear slightly different than the product photos.